Experian Marketing Services published a new report today on the demographics, behaviors and attitudes of Millennial adults ages 18 to 34.
According to the report, Millennials are the most digitally connected generation, with 77 percent of adult Millennials owning a smartphone and the average owner spending about 14.5 hours a week using his or her phone.
In fact, Millennials spend so much time on their smartphones that they account for 41 percent of the total time that Americans spend using smartphones, despite making up just 29 percent of the population.
"Millennials are true digital natives. Having grown up in the age of the Internet and mobile phones, it is important for marketers to understand their unique outlook on technology and connectivity when targeting this group," stated John Fetto, senior analyst, marketing and research, at Experian Marketing Services.
"Millennials are the first mobile-dominant generation. It is how they connect to and communicate with the world, and as such, they need to be connected constantly, from the moment they wake up until they go to bed at night."
Experian Marketing Services also found that:
Percent of smartphone owners who engage in smartphone activities during a typical week Source: Experian Marketing Services
- Millennials are mobile dominant. Fifty percent of Millennial smartphone owners say that they access the Internet more often through their phone than through a computer.
- Millennials spend the most time using media compared with other generations, at approximately 9.5 hours a day, or 67 hours a week, compared with 61 hours that adults ages 35 and older spend using media per week.
- Millennials are the first generation to devote the majority of their media time with digital media. They spend 35 hours a week with digital media and 32 hours a week with traditional media.
- Millennials are 1.7 times more likely than smartphone owners ages 35 and older to use travel apps, 1.5 times more likely to use VOIP apps such as Skype, 1.4 times more likely to use sports apps and 1.2 times more likely to use classified apps such as Craigslist.
"While the rest of adults see smartphones and the Internet as revolutionary, for Millennials, they're just part of the natural order of things. As such, they have expectations about how things should work that may seem unrealistic to those who grew up without such technologies," added Fetto. "Technology and connectivity is not a want for this generation; it's a need."To download the entire report, please go HERE